A root canal was once a procedure people feared, but it’s now a simple and straightforward solution to deep-seated infections in the teeth. Solomon Family Dentistry, with offices in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, regularly performs root canals to relieve the pain of infected teeth and restore health to your mouth. For a virtually painless root canal, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
A root canal might be necessary if you have a serious infection or inflammation inside your tooth. Each of your teeth has a soft inner core called the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. If an infection sets into the pulp, it can become inflamed and cause a severe toothache.
Infection can result from a traumatic injury, tiny cracks or chips in the tooth’s surface that let bacteria in, or, in some cases, repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of an infection that might require a root canal include:
Infection in the pulp often causes a toothache because of the nerves it contains, but some people don’t experience severe pain. Nevertheless, it’s best to treat the problem before the infection spreads and causes further damage.
Using modern tools and techniques, a root canal is far less of an ordeal than you might imagine. Your dentist at Solomon Family Dentistry applies a powerful numbing gel or injects an anesthetic into your gum, so you don’t feel any pain.
Next, they drill a hole in the top of your tooth so they can access the pulp. Using special dental tools, your dentist extracts the pulp and thoroughly cleans the space in your tooth. That is a vital stage of the procedure, as leaving behind even a microscopic amount of infected tissue could cause a new infection.
When the space in your tooth is completely clean, your dentist fills it and seals the tooth. You might benefit from having a crown following a root canal to restore the tooth’s strength. When the anesthetic wears off, you may feel a little sore, but you can easily manage any discomfort using over-the-counter pain medication.
The thought of having a root canal is one many people worry about and avoid even when they need it. However, the root canal procedure has improved significantly over the years and is now relatively simple. While you could have an extraction instead, it offers no benefits in comparison to a root canal.
To arrange a consultation and discuss the best treatment for your tooth problems, call Solomon Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.